Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 4, 2015
Updated February 4, 2015
37 Reviews
4.1
37 Reviews
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Zebra Technologies CEO and Director Anders Gustafsson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance was good while I was there, some WFH days were allowed (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits until you sell too much and they have to pay you too much (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management plays favorites and if you are not in the inner circle you will never go anywhere (in 4 reviews)

  • Executive management doesn't have a clue what goes on internally or in the marketplace (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience. Even though I am working in the R&D dept., there is a tangible pressure and excellent support from the

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning curve. You can see the best technology in label printing market here and get used to working towards developing new models all the time. There is a clear team structure and almost everybody is encouraging when you start.

    Cons

    Location. Located in a secluded suburb of Vernon Hills where there is nothing much to do. So if you want to have a city atmosphere, you better be ready to commute for more than an hour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company; Sometimes too big to mind the little things. Compensation plans come late middle management is in flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid industry veterans that know the industry well. Great channel and loyal customers.

    Cons

    Middle management is always in flux, company is always changing the go to market strategy so long term sales planning and strategic accounts at risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use customer and employee feedback in equal measure with current stock price to get the whole picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Needs a location in downtown Chicago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Indirect sales and channel sales are a challenging and rewarding type of sell. I enjoy the work-life balance, team atmosphere and relationship building with clients.

    Cons

    Moving ex-Motorola employees to Lincolnshire. They need to have a downtown office for all of the employees who live in downtown Chicago. Lincolnshire is too far away for commuters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from your new employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good growth, good industry

    Cons

    too far from the city and don't show signs of wanting downtown presence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team's input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, terrible upper management. The CEO is often ignored by upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Zebra wants to be a good company. Some departments have amazing opportunities. The engineering-related areas are definitely worth consideration for their innovations and creativity. They have an enthusiastic and friendly work force that really wants to do their best every day.

    Cons

    At the same time, changes in the company leave the sense that they are spinning the Wheel of Fortune to select the day's management philosophy. This is especially evident in sales and customer support, where the revolving door continues to spin. Staffing is pared down to the point that employees are under high pressure with no release in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear and consistent. During the CEO's campaign for employee input on products, I made a suggestion (later implemented) the morning of the first day. By noon, the director was calling my manager out because I dared to make a suggestion.
    Respect your employees. It just might be good business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Experience Lots of Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The opportunities to pursue growth for the company
    I was in marketing and there always seemed to be some project to do or contribute too
    Work Life balance was good while I was there, some WFH days were allowed
    Leadership seemed consistent and there was a low rate of turnover
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    Some of the projects I worked on the work-life balance was terrible, and at the time from my particular subgroup of marketing, it was expected that you would work constantly, even weekends.
    The growth didn't match my needs for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO! Solid products and an exciting place to be.

    Cons

    If you don't like to multi-task, you need not apply. There is a lot going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have you seen the stock price soar over the past few years?? I don't think senior management needs any advice from me. They seem to be doing just fine all on their own :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great first internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the company was super friendly. They had the interns working on practical things and if help was needed everyone was very willing to assist. Intern events periodically and they provided a place to stay over the summer.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoy the challenges working at Zebra

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at Zebra is challenging, this is a good thing. You are always being challenged to use your skills and creativity to service customers. This really helps you move your career and keeps the job fun. The people at Zebra are great! Really everyone is easy to work with.

    Cons

    Consistency and communication. We went threw some growing pains, now we need to get the information to the right people at the right time. Hmmm that sounds familiar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently and with better information sooner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong Company with great integrity, management and co-workers. Experience has been great over the 9 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Channel Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great to work with. Management is very positive and has integrity. Good pay and room for growth.

    Cons

    Industry seems to be going through a possible shift given the technology so extended future is a little uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the employees are happy and ensure they are trained and aware of the company's future goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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